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Valencia V-ball clinches league title

Posted: April 29, 2014 10:34 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2014 10:34 p.m.

It was a fairly quiet way for Valencia boys volleyball to officially stake claim to a Foothill League title on Tuesday.

But the Vikings are trying to keep a business-as-usual attitude as they approach the final stretch of the regular season.

Kyle Ensing put up 15 kills, Logan Riley recorded 30 assists, and Valencia swept Canyon 3-0 by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-14 at Canyon High School to clinch at least a share of its 13th league title in the last 14 seasons.

“Now the pressure is off,” said Valencia head coach Kevin Kornegay. “Finish off league and focus on the playoffs.”

For Valencia, Nick Erickson and Dakota Abbott also had six kills each.

Valencia (10-7 overall, 8-0 Foothill League) is now two matches ahead of second place with two to play. That means a win in either of its next two league matches would give the Vikings the title all to themselves.

“Obviously we want to finish out league play so we just kind of refocused on Hart (coming up Thursday) and then West Ranch after that, which is no easy task,” Kornegay said.

Canyon is now 14-7-1 overall and 3-5 in league play.

West Ranch 3, Saugus 0

In a match that was virtually a battle for second place in league, West Ranch earned a key sweep over Saugus with game scores of 25-21, 25-22, 25-13 at West Ranch High School.

That win avenges West Ranch’s 3-1 loss to Saugus the last time the two teams met on April 1.

“We keyed in on their two main players and we kept it steady the whole way through,” said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks, who was talking about Saugus hitters Max Nua and Zech Lee.

For the Wildcats, Braden Drake led with 14 kills and Clay Burns added 12 kills.

Saugus (11-4, 5-3) and West Ranch came into the day tied for second place in league, but the Wildcats (20-8, 6-2) now take a clear upper hand.

Due to overall games played between the two teams, West Ranch holds the tiebreaker for second place.

Hart 3, Golden Valley 1

The Hart Indians came out on top after four close games in a row against Golden Valley on Tuesday at Golden Valley High School.

Hart dropped its first set 26-28 but won the next three by scores of 25-20, 25-22, 26-24.

The win gives Hart (3-8, 2-6) its second league victory of the year.

Sonny Mueller led Hart with 13 kills and Luke Maly 12 kills.

For Golden Valley (7-9, 0-8). Tristan Murachanian recorded 15 kills and eight digs, Bradley Surette added eight kills and seven blocks, and Dominic Scaglione had 10 digs.



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